Co-ops unite across the US to ‘Fix the Future’

Leaders of local organisations including worker co-operatives, community banks, local business alliances, time banks, and local currencies serve as local “hosts” in this national film event to jumpstart...

Over sixty communities across the U.S. will come together today and tomorrow to address pressing local economic issues, such as unemployment and the state of local business. In each location, discussion and action will kick off with a screening of the documentary Fixing the Future.

Leaders of local organisations including the National Cooperative Business Association, worker co-operatives through US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, community banks, local business alliances, time banks, and local currencies serve as local “hosts” in this national film event to jumpstart local, sustainable economies.

In some locations, these groups are joining forces for the first time. Featuring a screening of the documentary Fixing the Future, the events will take place in theaters in select markets and will be followed by an exclusive onscreen discussion panel featuring:

• Bill McKibben: Author, environmentalist, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College
Majora Carter: Peabody Award winning broadcaster & Urban Revitalization Strategist
• Mike Brady: CEO, Greyston Bakery & social entrepreneur
• David Brancaccio: Host, NOW on PBS

The local screening events are part of Fixing the Future Across America, where groups around the country are participating in the campaign, using Fixing the Future to encourage American communities to create resilient, local economies through innovative approaches to job creation. Fixing the Future Across America also links together a national network of business groups and community-based organizations working to improve their local economies.

"The future really needs fixing at a global level, but also very close to home, where resilient communities can blossom in the hardest soil, and help point the way forward for the whole planet," says Bill McKibben.

In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, inspiring hope and renewal amidst economic collapse. Co-operative enterprises are among the approaches explored.

Co-operatives, time banks (a form of bartering), credit unions and community banks are ways that people are coming together to “fix” the current economy. More than 29,000 co-operatives operate in every sector of the economy and in congressional district; Americans hold over 350 million co-op memberships. US co-operatives generate 2 million jobs and make a substantial contribution to the US economy with annual sales of $652 billion and possessing assets of $3 trillion.

By featuring communities using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by an economic collapse. For more information, and to find a local screening, visit www.fixingthefuture.org

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